Doing Society and Genomics - Convergence Work andCompetence Building

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This workshop will bring together experts in converging genomics and society
issues, knowledges and actors from intermediary institutions in order to compare and discuss their local and organisation specific ways of ‘doing society and genomics’. This workshop aims to explore some of the diversity of approaches concerned with actively connecting life‐science and societal issues, of practically bringing together research and debate, analysis and advice, different disciplines and non‐academic practices, communication and, sometimes, critique. It is meant for exchanging practical experiences and ideas on designing and carrying out ‘society and genomics’ projects and programmes.
‘Doing society and genomics’ is a matter of convergence work. It embraces, literally, scholarly research and analysis as well as policy and public dialogue and
science communication. It takes place as engagement with and enactment of
society and genomics issues. A space for actively connecting life‐science and
societal issues, and for joint endeavour in life‐sciences and social sciences/
humanities has been created in various forms for some time by governments,
funding agencies and research centres. As part of a larger process of
reframing science policy, research centres and researchers are expected to
contribute to participatory life‐science governance and provide knowledge to
various publics, support inter‐ and transdisciplinarity, stand for both academic
robustness as well as for societal serviceability and visibility.
The intermediary role, both on the institutional and/or personal level, has to
some degree been built on existing expertise in genomics related issues, just as
in collaboration that crosses domains of knowledge and practice. The network
of the Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG) in the Netherlands and the ESRC
Genomics Network (EGN) in the United Kingdom are just two prominent examples with all their different types of projects and forums, affiliations and collaborations. As the centres are now running since several years, there has also been acquired plenty of new experience with being more than just conventional research institutions. At the same time, many organisations are developed further, e.g. in terms of re‐defining their initially given missions or fitting themselves into relevant networks, and of branding their approaches and programmes.
Period19 Aug 2008
Event typeWorkshop
LocationNijmegen, Netherlands